Tuesday, February 22, 2011

my gem tintype obsession


The size is breathtaking, is it not? This is a REAL photograph, a gem tintype from the Civil War Era. I have recently become the proud owner of two, leather-bound, gem tintype albums positively BURSTING with these tiny treasures (well over a hundred!). And what do I intend to do with them? Turn them into jewelry, of course! What better way to honor our history than to make use of it again and give it new purpose and appreciation?

Gem tintypes, also known as "Bon Ton Tintypes", were made by using a modified lens structure, multiplying the image many times onto one sheet of metal. The lens looks like this:


They're really very similar to modern photo booths! As a much cheaper portrait alternative, the purchaser could walk away with many tiny portraits, rather than one or just a few. They were rarely any larger than a postage stamp... most are just under one inch long!


See how tiny!!! :)

Please share your thoughts and ideas on how I can incorporate these into jewelry and wearable pieces of history!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

going out west

gawd... i love you, tom waits

by the way...

...i make and sell jewelry and lovelies. go and see!

sacred geo2





come and see!!!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

there's really no excuse

i can think of several films that SHOULD have received cult status by now but... haven't.
i don't understand it but i'll try my darndest to correct it. throw your pre-conceived notions of pride out the window and lose yourself to ridonkulous tongue-in-cheek joy.

Death Becomes Her (all in 5 minutes) - 1992

Teen Witch ("top that" rap scene) - 1989

Cold Comfort Farm (theatrical preview) - 1995

Xanadu (final musical number) - 1980

shut up and enjoy ;)